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Washington City, Aug. T3.- At St. Matthew's church Saturday Protestants and Roman Catbolics, men of all politics, of all nations, of all classes, judges, statesman, diplómate, clergy, lawyers and laymen were asgembled to du honor to the dead nero, Oen. Sheridan. The chaplain of the senate, Rev. Dr. Butler, of the Lutheran church, sat in the shadow of the Roman Catholic altar, and President Cleveland, a Calvini , followed the Roman Catholic service, bending his head at the "dominus vobiscum." Federal offlcers in full uniform and Confedérate captains with whora they had fougbt gathered lido by side, sorrowing arouad the bier. Many handsome floral offerings were laid bout the sbrine. An immense general's spaulette of flowers resting against an easel trimmed with vines was presentad by the Gau. Thomas post of New York. A handsome floral cresoent was presented by the TJ. S. Grant post of Brooklyn. The Chinese minister sent a large floral plaque resting on an easel. A whi te cross was sent by the president and beneath it was a spray of palm sent by some unknown friend. Senator Evarts sent a cross of palms, sprays and orchids. A handsome wreath was sent by the Loyal Legión commandery of the District of Colombia. Col. Wilson sent a wreath of pond lilies, Secretary Whitney a floral shield upon an easel. None of these were placed anywhere but at the shrine. Some time before the ceremonies commenced carriages bearing the members of the diplomatic corps, the joint committee of congresa, senators and representativos in congress, began to arrive, and the body of the church speedily filled. Among the inent persons present were Senators Ingalls, Edmunds, Evarts, Hoar, Dawes, Jones of Nevada, Dolph, Hale, Allison, Sawyer, Chandler, Farwell and wife, Justice Harían and wife, Solicitor General Jenks, and the commissioners of the District. At about !):30 the pall-bearers, headed by Gen. Sherman in full uniform, entered at the left of the catafalque. Soon afterward the joint committee oL congress appeared and were conducted to seats reserved for them in front and to the right of the catafalque, tour of them ocoupying Gen. Sheridan's pew. Tney woro white sashes and were headed by Senators Gray and Hampton, and among them were ex-Confederata Gen. Joseph Wheeler, of Alabama, and the one-armed Gen. Charles E. Hooker, of Mississippi. About !l:40 tbe president and Mrs. Cleveland and Secretarles Fairchild and Vilas carne in and took seats in the front pew on the right of the center aisle in the rear of the chairs which had been provided for them, and which remained unoecupled during the ceremonies. Mrs. Folsom, Secretary Bayard, aud Postmaster General Dickiuson followed. and were seated in the vicinity. About five minutes after the presidential party had been seated Mrs. Sheridan arrived and was escorted to her seat at the left and near the casket. She was deeply veiled and leaned upon the arm of Col. Sheridan. They were accompanied by Gen and Mrs. Rucker and son, Miss Rucker, John Sheridan, the general's brother, and bis wife. Meanwhile the diplomatic corps, many of them in full court dress, had been seated on the extreme right and front of the church. The army surgeons, Drs. O'Reilly and Yarrow, and Dr. Lincoln, who was several times called in eonsultation during the general's illness, Col. Blunt and Col. Kellog, oí Gen. Sheridan's staff, occupied seats to the left of the maiii aisle and immediately in the rear of Mrs. Sbertdan. The rear of tbe church was occupied by a large number of members of congress and officers of the army and navy and public officials. The wide galleries and all available seats in the church were occupied bef ore the burial service began. The services were the regular and well known ceremonies of the Roman Catholic church, and were conducted by Revs. Ryan, Kervick and Mackin, with the usual deacons, sub-deacons, acolytes, etc. They were very solemn and impressive, and at their conclusión Cardinal Gibbons preached a short sermón, taking as bis text the words. And Jonathan and Simoii took Judas their brother and uried h m in the sepuloher of their fathers iu tho city of 31 din, and all the pe pie of Israel bewailed him with great lamentation; and they mou' ued for him many da s and said: How is the mighty fallen ihat taved the peoplj of Israel.- 1 Mach., ix., 19-21. The cardinal pronounced an eloquent eu jogy on tbe dead soldier, both as soldier and citizen, and was especially effective when ha spolce of uim as husbaud and father. In coueludiug he addressed himself directly to Mrs. Sheridan ith words of consolation that her husband was a Christian, and died fortified with trust in the mercy oí the Redeemer. His closing words were: Comrades and companions of the illustrioi dead. take henee your great leader, bear him to his last resting-place, can-y him gently, lovïugly ; and though you may not hope to attain his exalted rank you will strive at least to em: late him by Uie integrity of your private life; by your davotion to your country, and by upholding the honor of yrur military pro ession. He then left the pulpit and was arrayed by the assistants in a black cape decorated with gold. On his head was a taU white hat. Tben, preceded by the clergy and the altar boys carrying lighted candles, he left the sanctuary and took bis position at the head of the easket. The sub-deacon, with an acolyte on either side holding a liehted candle, carried the cross to the altar rail, standing at the opposite end of the catafalque. The cardinal knelt and a choir of Dominican priests chanted "Libera Me Domine. Then the cardinal arose and sprlnkled the coffln with holy water and incensed it with the burning incensé. He then pronounced absolution and closed with a prayer. The casket was then lifted by the eight artillerymen who had been assigned to that duty and carried to the street where the military escort, consisting of navalry and artillery, was in waiting with the draped caisson upon whieh the body was to be taken to Arlington. Immediately after the caisson the general's horse Guy, a beautiful dark bay cbarger, was led. He wa3 saddled and bridled in uiilitary style ready for a mount. The gold embroidered saddle-cloth bore the insignia of Gen. Sheridan's rank as lieutenant general, a golden eagle and three stars being woven in gold in the corners. Beneath the cloth in front were two pistol holsters The general's military boots, reversed with spurs pointing forward, were secured in the stirrups. The horse was the one Gen. Sheridan got frotn Lexington, Ky., four years ago while in Chicago, and he liked it much.because in his three white feet and in other respecta, he resembled his ola war horse Winchester. The procession was made up, besides the military escort, of carriages containing the president and wife.the cabinet,the judiciary, the congressional committeer, diplomatic corps, and representatives of the Loyal Legión and of the Grand Army of the Republic and citizens and the march was at once taken up for the' grave, the streets b eing lined with a throng of people who silently and sorrowfully watched the progress of the great soldier to his flaal home in mother earth. It was about 1 o'clock when the funeral procession reached the cemetery at Arlington. The route had been by H street to Pennsylvania avenue, across Rock creek by the Avenue bridge and thonce over the Aqueduct bridge and by the Fort Meyer road. As the battalion of cavalry entered the northwest gate the Marine band played a dirgo. Arriving at the grave the light artillery skirted the picturesque hill and took up a position on the road jast below. The foot artillery was ranged along the side of the hilL Near the head of the grave stood the president and Mrs. Cleveland, while Mrs. Sheridan and the other members of the family stood near the side. The Union Veteran corps were stattoned near the grave, and just behind the president and Mrs. Cleveland stood the members of the cabinet, ■ who had attended the services at the ctmreh. Rt. Rev. John S. Foley, bishop-elect of Detroit, conducted the services, which were brief. They included the consecration of the .rround and the simple rights of the Cathol.c church. At the conclusión of the religious services the light artillery fireda military salute of fifteenguns and the foot artiliery fired tbree volleys of musketry. The bugle cali for "Taps" rang out ou the clear air over the heads of the hushed assembly and tbe services were over.


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